The Cyrus Phono Signature Arrives in Enfield!

The Phono Signature takes form in the classic half sized Cyrus chassis which perfectly integrates into any Cyrus Hi-Fi system. This die-cast aluminium chassis provides superior electrical shielding and a mechanically vibration-free enclosure for all of the critical audio components housed within.

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KEF, Project Audio & Unison Research Unite to Excite!

Join Myself and Jason along with the help from Nick - Henley Designs (Project Audio / Unison Research) & Nick - KEF this Thursday 26th November 4:00 - 8:00pm to hear the wonderful Unison Research tube amplifiers, Project Turntables & KEF speakers.

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The Audiofiles: A Musician's Hi-Fi Odyssey

I had a Sony 'boombox' when I was younger (I can't remember how old I was). I remember listening to a record of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker when I was about 8 years old. It was the first music I really loved. My paternal Grandparents bought me a cassette tape of it around the same time; I still have that. 

My Dad had an all in one music system (not sure which make) with a record player on top. There was also a record of Billy Connolly's "Wreck on Tour" (c1974?) which I listened to so many times, I knew a lot of it word for word. One of my brothers gave me a tape of Queen’s album The Works. I fell in love with Queen and went on to acquire a number of their albums. I was lucky enough to see the Queen Musical twice, and to see Brian May and Kerry Ellis perform at the Albert Hall a few years ago. When I was studying for an MA (Kingston, 2002-03), I wrote about Queens music for Highlander and Flash; and had an email reply from Brian (via the Queen Fan Club) about Highlander.

I remember first seeing a What Hi-Fi? magazine in an art class at secondary school (91-96) - which we were cutting up and using for a collage.

New Adventures in Hi-FI
The first Hi-Fi system I got was a Marantz PM44 amp. There was a Marantz CD63 CD player as well; I can't remember if it was mine or my Dads. I had a Pioneer PD-S703? CD player which was unusual as you had to put the CD in upside down. I had an Aiwa tape player (AD-F450 I believe) that cost around £100 at the time, and a NAD tuner. I had some rubbish no-name speakers, which I upgraded to some Mission 731's (maybe £150?), which were great fun.

I bought some Monitor Audio floorstanding speakers (Pictured) with some money (£400) I inherited when I was 16. I remember wanting to set them up but my parents wouldn't let me because I had to study for my GCSE’s. I used part of a pay cheque to buy a Roksan Kandy amp (£575) around 98 or 99. My parents gave me an REL subwoofer for my 18th birthday (98).

Monitor Audio Floorstanders 
When I received compensation, for injuries I suffered in a road accident it allowed me to do a major upgrade. One of the Focal speakers is worth more than both of the Monitor Audio speakers I’d owned previously! I hope they will last me a similar length of time - 18 years!

Next Hi-Fi Upgrade
I look forward to adding a separate DAC and Power Supply to the Naim components as funds permit.  The biggest upgrade for me now, would simply to have the space to appreciate them.

It's All About The Music
I’ve got lots of (mostly old, some new) LPs. I recently purchased a re-pressing of a Led Zeppelin album. I love the tangible aspect of vinyl, as well as the audio quality.  I’ve seen the Queen branded limited edition Rega turntable in this months What Hi-Fi? and it looks amazing!

When I bought the Naim system, I gave the Roksan and Pioneer to my Dad but he doesn't use them much.
Living at home, means it's often difficult to listen to music at the volume I want to, so I usually only use the Hi-Fi when he's not around (like today).  Otherwise I use my iMac.  I’ve also got some Sennheiser HD-650 headphones (last year, £300) which are a great upgrade from the pair I bought with my student overdraft back in '99 for £140.  I lived in a detached house on my own for around 7 months between October '14 and May '15. It was great to be able to listen to loud music, even relatively loud music at 3am.  I'm looking forward to being able to do so again.

A Slice of Hi-Fi Heaven at Home 
Thank You For The Music
I just shared this on my Cheeky Promo Facebook group; "I purchased some Naim Audio Hi-Fi, CD player, amp, phono stage for my existing Rega Research PH & Rega USA Planar turntable and Focal Aria 926 speakers [total cost £5000 including off-shelf prices + kind discount] from the Reading branch of Audio T last year. I received great customer service and found the staff very friendly and flexible. I appreciated one of them delivering the speakers in their own vehicle to my home address (in SW London) as I was unable to transport them myself. I'm really enjoying all of the new hi-fi."

Someone commented: "You are part of a dying breed of people who listen to music in high quality."

With most people listening on their mobile phones, or on their computers I wonder how much of the music people are actually hearing? 

What got me hooked on music? That's another story..... although the Tchaikovsky is part of it.


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Project's Debut Carbon Esprit SB is now on demo in Audio T Enfield!

The Debut Carbon Esprit SB offers unrivalled performance and versatility at its price point and is often referred to as the audiophile "best buy" 3-speed turntable.

The Debut Carbon Esprit SB represents a perfect selection of truly great ingredients. To start with a new DC power supply is coupled with a low noise TPE decoupled AC motor, controlled by a built in Speed Box. In practice this relates to precise 33 / 45 / 78 RPM speeds, improved pitch and timing.

Next up the platter, the Esprit version moves away from a metal platter, to a superior non resonant acrylic one. The use of acrylic eliminates high frequency "ringing" or "brightness" as heard with many metal alternatives, instead it provides a neutral blank canvas for the music to play from.

The tonearm is an impressive 8.6" single piece carbon fibre tube, a material primarily used on high-end tonearms. This provides stiffness and reduces unwanted resonances.

The ever popular Ortofon 2M Red cart is pre-fitted which delights listeners with precise timing and accurate detail. In order to play back 78 speed records the Ortofon 2M 78 stylus can also be purchased (changing the supplied drive belt would also be necessary).

The fun doesn't stop there, why not audition Project's Record Puck as a first upgrade to obtain a bigger & better organised soundstage. Secondly why not try Project's Connect-IT Phono RCA-CC upgraded external tone arm cabling to retrieve the very best performance out of this stunning turntable.

Book your demo today. The Project Debut Carbon Esprit SB is also available from the following branches of Audio T: BrentwoodBristolCardiffCheltenhamEnfieldManchesterOnlineOxford,PortsmouthPrestonSwanseaSwindon

Audio T
159A Chase Side
Enfield
EN2 0PW

Tel: 0208 367 3132
Email: enfield@audio-t.co.uk

High quality music streaming with Naim's UnitiServe!

The Naim UnitiServe rips, stores & plays all of your favourites.

Ripping on to the UnitiServe couldn't be much simpler, insert your CD & wait, ripping can be monitored using the n-serve app (pictured below). Once it has finished the CD is automatically ejected. On rare occasions the album artwork can be incorrect, however simply edit using the n-serve app by pressing "edit" then "change cover".

Storing HD music bought online or any other music not ripped by the UnitiServe, is achieved by copying and pasting into the UnitiServe's downloads folder.

Playing back your music using just the UnitiServe requires a DAC or an amp with digital inputs. Once you have this in place simply press play using the n-serve app to enjoy all of your music. Please note further improvements can be made if Naim's ND5 XS, NDX, or NDS network players are used to playback your music.

The importance of any streaming system begins at the source. Where are you storing your music? We conducted a simple test of ripping a CD to the UnitiServe then we listened, verses copying the same ripped album by the UnitiServe onto a cheaper alternative NAS (plugged in via a switch) and then played back using the UnitiServe.

Surprisingly the results were quite different, playing back the music from the UnitiServe's internal hard drive appeared smoother, cleaner & more rhythmic, despite the music being identical in quality and ripped by the same disk drive. In some ways most NAS drives are the CD Transports of the streaming world. Get it right. Get a Naim server.

Book a demo today!

Audio-T

159A Chase Side

Enfield

EN2 0PW

Tel: 0208 367 3132

E-mail: enfield@audio-t.co.uk

Arcam's A39 makes itself heard at Audio T Enfield

Arcam's 40 years of audio engineering knowledge gives birth to a new ground breaking amplifier design. We are very pleased to introduce the Arcam A39 two channel stereo integrated amplifier!

The A39 is equipped with 2 pairs of speaker outputs, a MM phono stage, 6 phono inputs, a 3.5mm aux input, a 6v accessory power output (rSeries products), headphone amplifier, record output & a pre out.

The A39 sets new standards of clean & distortion free audio, making the competition sound "masked" or "veiled" in comparison. This is largely down to the 120 watt Class G amplifier inside. The most interesting part of the A39 amplifier design is that the first 20 watts is pure Class A, while the remaining 100 watts is in Class AB.

Listen to Arcam's new Class G amplifiers today

Give us a call to book a demo

 Audio T

159a Chase Side
Enfield
EN2 0PW
0208 367 3132
enfield@audio-t.co.uk

*The Arcam brand is also stocked at other Audio T stores - read more about Arcam and which stores it is available from.

Evolutionary and Revolutionary, Q Acoustic's new 3000 series are coming soon!

The 3000 series sets new standards with its luxurious finishes, beautiful styling and amazing sound, all at an affordable price. So whether you're building a Hi-Fi or surround sound system the 3000 series is without a doubt one of the best places to start looking.

 

The new series starts with the ultra compact 3010 bookshelf speaker, shown below in the leather effect finish with 25mm concentric ring dome tweeter and 100mm Aramid fibre/paper bass driver.

The 3020 bookshelf / standmount speaker follows, again benefiting from the new concentric ring dome tweeter and Aramid fibre/paper bass driver, but now a 125mm drive unit is used allowing for a "full range" performance to be achieved. Shown in gloss black below.

The flagship speaker in the range is the 3050 floorstanders, shown in American Walnut. Twin 165mm bass drivers are used to deliver rich immersive bass weight & scale whilst improved cabinet construction means you hear a controlled & precise performance. The 3050's really are an audiophile bargain!

The fun doesn't stop there though, the 3090c centre channel & 3070s Subwoofer can be used to complete an explosive surround sound movie system.

 

Coming soon...

 

Thanks for reading

 

Audio T
159A Chase Side
Enfield
EN2 0PW
Tel: 0208 367 3132

Dolby Atmos & REL 3D arrive at Audio T Enfield!

We've never heard our demonstration room sound quite like this before... Dolby Atmos really does take home cinema to a new level. We have opted for x4 in-ceiling B&W CCM665's with the matching BB6C back boxes for maximum performance.
Pioneer's new top of the range Blu-ray player the BDP-LX88 feeds perfect picture & sound into Pioneer's power house AV Receiver the SC-LX88.
Dolby Atmos isn't the only thing that's caught our attention... REL's Shotgun 3D set up really is a must for any hardcore movie lover, the following paragraph has been taken from REL's website.
"For ultimate spatial coherence, a minimum of 3 RELs (1-main L/R, 1-center, 1-surrounds) may be used to fully realize all the performance embedded in movie soundtracks. REL Shotgun unleashes the basic performance possible in a soundtrack. Shotgun 3D™ extends that benefit to all the building blocks of a theater. By extending the low bass performance of the center channel the entire front half of the theater Is opened up. No longer does the center channel struggle to keep up with the mains. By doing so for the rear channels, the theater is completed and the 3 dimensional reality of film soundtracks takes place as one’s theater is transformed into a sort of 3 dimensional aural holograph."
We liked the sound of this, so have decided to order a custom centre stand from our friends at Hi-Fi racks to sit over a T-Zero, T-5, T-7 or S2. Not only does this look right, it aids with the timing between the centre channel & sub, which accounts for seamless integration with each other. 
We're not sure whats more exciting, Dolby Atmos or REL's Shotgun 3D. What we are sure about, is that we've not heard better! We urge you to come down & have a listen to what we believe is the ultimate home cinema solution.
See and hear what you're missing today!
Please call or email us to arrange a demo
Best Wishes
Simon
Audio T
159a Chase Side
Enfield
EN2 0PW
Tel: 0208 367 3132
Email: enfield@audio-t.co.uk